Wizards of the Coast, the entertainment company owner of Magic: The Gathering and many other major entertainment brands, in partnership with PG Esports, the all-Italian leading esports company, announces the new Magic: The Gathering Arena European National Leagues. With this newborn competitive circuit, that relies on a series of local partners spread throughout Europe, Magic: The Gathering Arena players will have the opportunity to compete in a structured league, officially supported by Wizards of the Coast, that will give them a real chance to become the best in class in their own nation. Magic: The Gathering is the largest trading card game on the market, with over 38 million players to date and a history of over 20 years of experience in competitive gaming. To give its new digital version, Magic: The Gathering Arena, the best competitive environment possible, Wizards of the Coast decided to team up with PG Esports after having worked together on a pilot esports program in Italy, the first country in Europe for MTG organized play. Program that was later extended to other major European nations and led to the creation of the new European Nationals Leagues by PG Esports, that was responsible for the search of local partners and will take care of all the organizational aspects of the tournaments, while still remaining the local tournament organizer in Italy.
FACEIT will be exclusive local partner for this competition in the UK and the exclusive tournament platform for the whole event that will provide a hub containing every single national championship. Registrations for European Nationals League will start today, November 5th, and will only be the first step of a long path that will lead to an unmissable live final. This big conclusive event will be held in December and will also be live streamed on the official FACEIT Twitch channel, for those who will watch the competition from home. After the first phase of registrations, players will compete for five consecutive weeks, until the grand final. During every day of competition, five rounds of Swiss will be played regardless of the number of participants in Standard format and three points will be given for every victory. These points will accumulate over the course of the weeks and determine the 8 best players that will take seats in the live final.
Those who don’t want to miss even one of the upcoming matches, that will take place every Sunday, will have the chance to follow them in live streaming from their favourite player’s perspective, on their Twitch channel. To find out which channels will be streaming the qualification stages, you’ll just need to keep an eye on the dedicated hashtag #BreakTheField.
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